This week's Tuesday Trend is - Light It Up! Lighting is something you will find in every home, but the RIGHT lighting is key. At the High Point Spring Market, lighting was all over, from chandeliers to table lamps and brass to rustic wood, showrooms dazzled with the works of art. One often wouldn't think it, but lighting is just that, a work of art. Here are some reasons why we love lighting and think you should too, as well of lightning tips.
- The focal point, not the whole room. - A lighting fixture, like a chandelier or even pendant lighting, should be a focal point of a space. It shouldn't take up the entire space though; and even more, it shouldn't be too small. It is important to measure where the piece will hang and what it is above to ensure proper sizing; always consider what lies beneath. It is a rule of thumb to make sure there is at least 7 feet of clearance below your chandelier. When hanging above a dining table specifically, with an approximate 8 foot ceiling you will want to hang the chandelier 30-34" over the table itself. These little tips can help ensure visual appeal and balance.
- Style is Key. - When choosing a light fixture, be sure to choose one that coordinates with your design scheme. It can be ok to mix certain styles, like transitional with a traditional space to add a little flair, but it is important not to deviate too far from the feel of the space.
- Design Around the Light. - Sometimes it can help to choose your lighting and then design a space/room layout based on what you have chosen.
- Don't Light Design on a Dime. - If possible, try to splurge a little on the lighting. If a space is complete with gorgeous pieces and cheaper looking lighting, it more often that not, shows. As said above, it can be beneficial to plan your space around the lighting, that way it is included early in the budget.
Lighting can be the sparkle of the room, the jewelry, the essence. So make it count. When designing a space, choosing the lighting can often be a challenge because choosing the perfect piece is key. Lighting can brighten the space with more than just light itself, it can brighten it will the design. Contact us with questions on lighting and what would best suit your space!